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help with my diagnosis

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  • Posted By: albertaone
  • May 15, 2011
  • 02:51 PM

I was in a MVA about 4 years ago (was tboned on drivers side) and expereinced pain in my side, sore head and shoulder. The head and shoulder were scannen and they found nothing of major importance (they mentioned possible mastoiditus) they also had no luck in initially detecting an internal issue I had with my lung. I expereincied pain in my side from the time of the accident and had numerous visits to my family doctor who called it possible pneumonia, but had no change in symptoms after antibiotics and follow up visits. Chest Xrays were done a couple of times, but came back clear and no physical sign of pneumonia. It wasnt until 2 months later I found myself shorter of breath than had been since the accident, and my partner found me curled up on the floor with blue lips and having a tough time breathing when he came home. He took me to emergency and after a 16 hour wait I was told I had a cracked rib, or possibly bronchitis. I had a bad case of shortness of breath, coughing and the worst hiccups ever. The on call ER Doctor did some research and discovered I had a pleural effusion and would need surgery right away to avoid further complications.
I have done my own research online and read that 3 things can cause a pleural effusion, Lung infection, chest trauma or a needle being stuck in to test lung fluids. Since I did not have pneumonia, or they couldn't say for sure and no one stuck a needle in me is it fair to say that the effusion gestated into a serious condition after I was T boned? I was able to dance for 6-8 hours without stopping, run 2 miles a day and had loads of energy prior to this accident, now If i walk around the block I am winded.......
I am perplexed and I cannot get any doctor or medical professional to indicate the effusion is related to the accident, they continue to "suggest" that it may have been the onset of pneumonia even though I never had it , or any sign of it before the collision. I was crossing a intersection and a young driver was going about 40 miles an hour and hit my car between the front fender and the front door. The impact was great enough to bend my steering wheel forward, and I did smack my head and side against the drivers door when I was hit. I beleive the blunt force impact caused me to aspirate and began the infection between my chest lining and ultimately the pleural effusion and following empayema. They found seven empayemas and when they were doing surgery they nicked my diaphram... Ugh, I just am getting nowhere with this diagnosis, and now I am wondering if the empayema and diaphram damage have brought me to where i am today.
I still get sharp shooting paids where the incision was done, as bad as when I was diagnosed with the effusion, and it has definitely affected my day to day abilities and future health.
Can anyone suggest a way for me to get this mystery solved. I know someone out there can tell me the truth, I fear the medical profeesionals involved in my surgery and diagnosis are covering their **s...

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